Daily Beast: It’s easy to dismiss President Donald Trump’s witless mutterings about the coronavirus pandemic as laughable or patently untrue, like when he suggested injecting sunlight into human bodies.
But a study has found that the knock-on effect of his baseless claims are much more far-reaching and damaging than many might think.
— David S. Joachim (@davidjoachim) October 1, 2020
Researchers at Cornell University who analyzed 38 million articles about the pandemic in English-language media around the world found that mentions of Trump made up nearly 38 percent of the overall “misinformation conversation,” making the president the largest single source of falsehoods about the pandemic.
This should be a hugely shocking finding: that the President of the United States was the single greatest source of COVID misinformation in the world. Amazing work by @ScienceAlly lead author @Sarah_Evanega, am proud to be a co-author. https://t.co/rbFF93RIlL
— Mark Lynas (@mark_lynas) October 1, 2020
Study Finds ‘Single Largest Driver’ of Coronavirus Misinformation: Trump. Cornell researchers analyzed 38 million articles about the pandemic and found Trump made up ~38% of the overall “misinformation conversation,” making him the largest disinfo driver. https://t.co/igHpQuolLo
— MarchForTheDead (@MarchfortheDead) October 1, 2020
Sarah Evanega, the study’s lead author, told The New York Times that the work proves Trump’s loose lips have “real-world dire health implications.”
Trump to blame for 37% of the world’s COVID19 misinformation—his lies are having dire consequences. Researchers at Cornell University analyzed 38 million articles about the pandemic around the world—Trump made up 38% of overall “misinformation conversation”https://t.co/oIZxWXLpI3
— Arctic Friend (@FriendEden100) October 1, 2020
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